22 September


1791

 Michael Faraday
Michael Faraday FRS (22 September 1791 – 25 August 1867) was an English scientist who contributed to the study of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. His main discoveries include the principles underlying electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysis. His inventions of electromagnetic rotary devices formed the foundation of electric motor technology. As a chemist, Faraday discovered benzene, investigated the clathrate hydrate of chlorine, invented an early form of the Bunsen burner and the system of oxidation numbers, and popularised terminology such as “anode”, “cathode”, “electrode” and “ion”. Born in Newington Butts, England. (d. 1867)

1880

 Christabel Pankhurst
Dame Christabel Pankhurst, DBE (22 September 1880 – 13 February 1958), was a suffragette born in Manchester, England. A co-founder of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), she directed its militant actions from exile in France from 1912 to 1913. In 1914 she supported the war against Germany. After the war she moved to the United States, where she worked as an evangelist for the Second Adventist movement. Born Christabel Harriette Pankhurst in Old Trafford, Manchester, England. (d. 1958)

1885

 Erich von Stroheim
Erich von Stroheim (September 22, 1885 – May 12, 1957) was an Austrian-American director, actor and producer, most notable as being a film star of the silent era, subsequently noted as an auteur for his directorial work. Stroheim is perhaps best known as an actor for his role as Rauffenstein in Jean Renoir’s La Grande Illusion (1937) and as Max von Mayerling in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard (1950). Born Erich Oswald Stroheim in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. (d. 1957)

1895

 Paul Muni
Paul Muni (born September 22, 1895 – August 25, 1967) was an American stage and film actor. His acting quality, usually playing a powerful character, such as the lead in Scarface (1932), was partly a result of his intense preparation for his parts. He made 25 films and won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the 1936 film The Story of Louis Pasteur. He also starred in numerous Broadway plays and won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his role in the 1955 production of Inherit the Wind. Born Frederich Meshilem Meier Weisenfreund in Lemberg, Austro-Hungarian Empire. (d. 1967)

1902

 John Houseman
John Houseman (September 22, 1902 – October 31, 1988) was a Romanian-born British-American actor and producer who became known for his highly publicized collaboration with director Orson Welles from their days in the Federal Theatre Project through to the production of Citizen Kane. He is perhaps best known for his role as Professor Charles W. Kingsfield in the film The Paper Chase (1973), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Born Jacques Haussmann in Bucharest, Romania. (d. 1988)

1915

 Arthur Lowe
Arthur Lowe (22 September 1915 – 15 April 1982) was an English actor. His career spanned over thirty years, including starring roles in numerous theatre and television productions. He is best known for playing Captain Mainwaring in the British sitcom Dad’s Army from 1968 until 1977. He was nominated for seven BAFTAs and became one of the most recognised faces on television. Born in Hayfield, Derbyshire, England. (d. 1982)

1921

 Will Elder
William Elder (September 22, 1921 – May 15, 2008) was an American illustrator and comic book artist who worked in numerous areas of commercial art but is best known for a zany cartoon style that helped launch Harvey Kurtzman’s Mad comic book in 1952. Born Wolf William Eisenberg in Bronx, New York. (d. 2008)

1924

 Rosamunde Pilcher
Rosamunde Pilcher, OBE (née Scott; born 22 September 1924) is a British writer of several short-stories and 28 romance novels and mainstream women’s fiction from 1949 to 2000, when she retired from writing. Born Rosamunde Scott in Lelant, Cornwall.

1925

 Stratford Johns
Stratford Johns (22 September 1925 – 29 January 2002) was a popular South African-born English stage, film and television actor who is best remembered for his starring role as Detective Inspector Charlie Barlow in the innovative and long-running BBC police series Z-Cars. Born Alan Edgar Stratford-Johns in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. (d. 2002)
 William Franklyn
William Franklyn (22 September 1925 – 31 October 2006) was a British actor, perhaps best known for voicing the “Schhh… You Know Who” adverts for Schweppes from 1965 to 1973. He also performed on stage, film, television and radio, taking over from Peter Jones as “The Book” (the narrator) in the third, fourth and fifth radio series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Born William Leo Franklyn in Kensington, London, England. (d. 2006)

1929

 Maria Charles
Maria Charles (born 22 September 1929) is an English film, television and stage actress, director and comedienne. She is probably best known for her TV performance as the overbearing mother in the ITV sitcom Agony. Born Maria Zena Schneider in London, England.

1931

 Fay Weldon
Fay Weldon CBE FRSL (born 22 September 1931) is an English author, essayist and playwright, whose work has been associated with feminism. In 1971 Weldon wrote the first episode of the landmark television series Upstairs, Downstairs, for which she won a Writers Guild award for Best British TV Series Script. Born in Birmingham, England.

1932

 Ingemar Johansson
Ingemar Johansson (22 September 1932 – 30 January 2009) was a Swedish boxer and former heavyweight champion of the world. Johansson was the fifth heavyweight champion born outside the United States. In 1959 he defeated Floyd Patterson by TKO in the third round, after flooring Patterson seven times in that round, to win the World Heavyweight Championship. Born Jens Ingemar Johansson in Gothenburg, Sweden. (d. 2009)

1943

 Toni Basil
Toni Basil (born September 22, 1943) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, filmmaker, film director, choreographer, and dancer, best known for her multi-million selling worldwide No. 1 hit “Mickey” from 1982. Born Antonia Christina Basilotta in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1944

 Frazer Hines
Frazer Hines (born 22 September 1944) is an English actor best known for his roles as Jamie McCrimmon in Doctor Who and Joe Sugden in Emmerdale. Hines appeared in 117 episodes of the original series of Doctor Who; only the first four actors to play the Doctor appeared in more. Born in Horsforth, West Yorkshire.

1953

 Richard Fairbrass
Richard Fairbrass (born 22 September 1953) is an English singer, bassist and TV presenter, best known as lead singer of the pop group Right Said Fred, which spawned a huge hit in the 1990s with the single “I’m Too Sexy”. He has won two awards alongside his band at the Ivor Novello Awards.. Born Richard Peter John Fairbrass in Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, England.

1957

 Nick Cave
Australian singer-songwriter, composer, and actor (The Birthday Party, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Grinderman).

1958

 Andrea Bocelli
Andrea Bocelli, OMRI, OMDSM (born 22 September 1958) is an Italian classical crossover tenor, recording artist, and singer-songwriter. Born with poor eyesight, he became permanently blind at the age of 12 following a football accident. Bocelli has recorded fourteen solo studio albums, of both pop and classical music, three greatest hits albums, and nine complete operas, selling over 80 million records worldwide. Born in Lajatico, Italy.
 Joan Jett
Joan Jett (born September 22, 1958) is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and occasional actress, best known for her work with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, preceded by success with The Runaways, including their hit song “Cherry Bomb”. The Blackhearts’ record “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”, was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 from March 20 to May 1, 1982. Born Joan Marie Larkin in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.

1960

 Scott Baio
Scott Baio (born September 22, 1960) is an American actor and television director. He is known for his role as Chachi Arcola on the sitcom Happy Days and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi, and as the title character on the sitcom Charles in Charge, the main character in the musical Bugsy Malone, and as Dr. Jack Stewart in the medical-mystery-drama series Diagnosis: Murder. In 1976, Baio played the title character Bugsy Malone in the cult children’s gangster musical directed by Alan Parker. Born Scott Vincent James Baio.

1961

 Catherine Oxenberg
Catherine Oxenberg (born September 22, 1961) is an American actress best known for her performance as Amanda Carrington on the 1980s prime time soap opera Dynasty. She is the daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia. Born in New York City, New York.
 Bonnie Hunt
Bonnie Hunt (born September 22, 1961) is an American actress, director, producer, writer, host, voice artist, and comedienne who has appeared in films, such as Rain Man, Jumanji, Jerry Maguire, The Green Mile, and Cheaper by the Dozen. Hunt has done voice work in A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., Cars, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, and Monsters University. Born Bonnie Lynne Hunt in Chicago, Illinois.

1966

 Ruth Jones
Ruth Jones, MBE (born 22 September 1966) is a Welsh television actress and writer. She co-starred in and co-wrote the award-winning British comedy Gavin & Stacey and has appeared in many television comedies and dramas, such as Jimmy McGovern’s The Street (2009), and starring as Hattie Jacques in Hattie for BBC Four. She takes the lead role in the comedy drama series Stella for Sky 1
. Born Ruth Alexandra Elizabeth Jones in Bridgend, Wales.

1969

 Sue Perkins
Sue Perkins (born 22 September 1969) is an English comedian, broadcaster, actress and writer. Originally coming to prominence through her comedy partnership with Mel Giedroyc in Mel and Sue, she has since become best known as a radio broadcaster and TV presenter, notably of The Great British Bake Off (2010) and Insert Name Here (2016). Perkins was ranked sixth in The Independent on Sunday’s 2014 Rainbow List and has been in the list every year since 2008. Born Susan Elizabeth Perkins in East Dulwich, London, England.

1970

 Rupert Penry-Jones
Rupert Penry-Jones (born 22 September 1970) is an English actor, known for his role as Adam Carter in the BBC One spy drama series Spooks, as Clive Reader QC in BBC One legal drama Silk and policeman DI Joseph Chandler in the ITV murder mystery series Whitechapel. Born Rupert William Penry-Jones in London, England.

1971

 Chesney Hawkes
Chesney Hawkes (born 22 September 1971), is an English pop singer, songwriter, and occasional actor. He is best known for his 1991 single “The One and Only”, which topped the UK Singles Chart, and reached the Top 10 in the United States. Born Chesney Lee Hawkes in Windsor, Berkshire, England.

1977

 Kristina Rihanoff
Kristina Rihanoff (born 22 September 1977) is a world finalist professional ballroom dancer, instructor, choreographer and author. Rihanoff was one of the professional dancers in, the celebrity dancing competition, Strictly Come Dancing from 2008 until 2015. Born Kristina Pshenichnykh in Vladivostok, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.

1982

 Billie Piper
Billie Paul Piper (born 22 September 1982) is an English singer, dancer and actress. She made her debut in Scratchy & Co. (1995-1998), and at the age of 15, she signed a recording contract and released her debut single “Because We Want To”, which debuted at number one in the UK and made her the youngest artist ever to debut at number one. Piper’s transition into acting began in 2004. Her most famous role is as Rose Tyler, companion to The Doctor in the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who. Born Leian Paul Piper in Swindon, Wiltshire, England.

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